Fire in Huge Bangladeshi Mall Kills 1, Injures 20

Thousands flee blaze as 20 hospitalized
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
Media people take images of the burning Bashundhara City mall in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, March 13, 2009.    (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)
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(Newser) – A fire swept through Bangladesh's largest shopping mall today, killing a security guard, the AP reports. Some 10,000 shoppers poured outside the building and 20 were hospitalized, CNN notes. The blaze broke out on the 18th floor of the capital's 22-story Bashundhara City mall; flames spread to other floors despite efforts by firefighters in 15 fire trucks, an official said.

Rescuers are searching the mall for anyone left behind; police don’t know how many may remain. "There is no scope of getting information from the inside so far," said a police commissioner. The mall is said to be the biggest in South Asia and the 12th largest worldwide, receiving some 25,000 shoppers daily.